Environmental Art, Public Art, Sculpture, Sustainable Public Art
Public Art for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation - Our Town At Chollas Creek - San Diego, CA
Art with a Sustainable Solution
9’H x 8”D Laser Cut Corten Steel with Choreographed LED Lighting
Activating Chollas Creek through Sustainable and Context Sensitive Design
To take Chollas Creek from a hidden and neglected waterway into a linear urban park, becoming a historic, geographic, symbolic and civic focal point.
To return it to a place for exploration and play., where residents own the vision for the transformation of the space
Chollas Creek Historic Timeline:
For 12,000 years the Kumeyaay Indians used chollas creek as a migratory trail on their way from the mountains to the beach. Many of the plants along the way were used for food and medicine. Up until 200 years ago Chollas Creek began changing, as the settlement of immigrants moved into the region. However, in the last 50 years Chollas creek began to change rapidly with ever increasing loss of habitat and biodiversity. the creek had lost most of its natural geographic features due to freeways and other urban development that left Chollas Creek barely recognizable.
In 2002 The City of San Diego embarked on a Chollas Creek Enhancement Program. The Design/Development Guidelines are based on long established City policies and are specifically designed to address: Wetland Restoration, and Rehabilitation of Native Species, Channel Reconstruction, Landscaping, Trail System, Public Art, and Education/Interpretive Program. All of this work is evidenced in the new Chollas Creek Park. The Integrated Narrative pubic art sculpture supports and encourages efforts to understand and preserve our natural resources for the betterment of the Southeastern neighborhoods of Sand Diego.
Environmental Biodiversity & San Diego’s Chollas Creek
Biodiversity, or “biological diversity,” refers to the variety of plants, animals and other living things in a particular area or region.. San Diego is The most biologically rich county in the continental U.S - with over 2000 plant species unique to the area - however, it is also the most threatened. San Diego County shelters approximately 200 imperiled plants and animals—more than in any other county in the nation.
Chollas Creek historically was healthy and biologically diverse. Many of the native plants species are now under threat or endangered. It will be important to study the native plants and pollinators for art with a sustainable solution. The Chollas Creek Restoration projects eradicated invasive species and re-introduced native riparian and upland sage scrub community to restore endemic & native species.
Design Inspiration: Sand Diego Chollas Native Plant and Pollinator Species:
Several populations of Coastal or San Diego Barrel Cactus (Fetocactus viridesious), a California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a protected species and is known to occur along the slopes of the Encanto Branch and Chollas Creek.
Imagine Walking Through the Chollas Park and encountering the sculpture that is is fun and interactive - and that communicates the message of the park: Habitat Restoration, sustainability and interactivity/connectivity with the audience The public art concept for Chollas creek is unique and set to become the iconic place making statement for all the Southeastern Neighborhood of San Diego.